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Chamaecrista nictitans [= Chamaecrista aspera]

Sensitive Partridge-pea, Common Sensitive-plant

Scientific Name:

Chamaecrista nictitans [= Chamaecrista aspera]

Genus:

Chamaecrista

Species Epithet:

nictitans

Common Name:

Sensitive Partridge-pea, Common Sensitive-plant

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Savannas, pinelands, disturbed sandy soils. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Attractive to bees and butterflies

In bloom

Sensitive Plants (or Partridge Peas) are nitrogen-fixing annuals, useful for rebuilding soil. Common throughout the state, they are an important part of the winter diet of Northern Bobwhite.

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Paynter, Wilmington, September 2012

Flower

They are also larval plants for Little Sulphur and Cloudless Sulphur butterflies.

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Leaves

The common name of Sensitive Plant comes from its ability to fold up its leaves when disturbed.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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